Biting the hand

Another interesting development in Tuesday’s elections was the passage of initiatives in three Republican-dominated states to expand Medicaid to the working poor.

In a fourth state, a Democratic governor was elected who is expected to sign off on the expansion that had been vetoed by his GOP predecessor.

With those four, that will bring the total to 37 states that have realized how stupid it is to reject a federal program that creates good-paying jobs, keeps rural hospitals alive and requires only a tiny state investment.

When will Mississippi ever wise up and join them? Probably not while Phil Bryant is governor, and maybe not as long as Republicans maintain supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.

Mississippi may need a ballot initiative to get the job done, too. Who will start one?



Kindergarteners (from left) Jaycee Baker, Paylor Jordan, Lucy Hines, Hart Noblitt and Carter Haralson recently dressed for their hundredth day of school at Jackson Academy.